Police: 2 die in violent Indonesian student protests
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say two people have died in violent demonstrations by students against a new law that critics say cripples the country’s anti-corruption agency.
A police spokesman in Kendari city on Sulawesi island, Harry G. Hart, says a student suffered chest injuries and died when riot police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse hundreds of rock-throwing students who were attempting to reach a legislative building.
Separately, National Police chief Tito Karnavian said a man collapsed and later died when riot police shot multiple rounds of tear gas at a mob which tried to set fire to a police post on Wednesday.
The demonstrators are enraged that Parliament passed the law last week reducing the authority of the Corruption Eradication Commission, a key body fighting endemic graft in the country.